After a few intersquad scrimmages this week, the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants are set to meet at FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET for both team’s respective second preseason game.
Every coaching staff has a different approach when it comes to who plays in the preseason and how much, especially with there only being three exhibitions for most teams this year instead of four. NYG head coach Joe Judge was non-committal this week over whether or not his starters would actually play on Sunday. On the other side, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski indicated that he felt good about how his team performed in the joint practice and thus most of his starters will sit in the exhibition.
Although Judge hasn’t said which of his starters will play, the signs are pointed towards Daniel Jones getting his first preseason snaps on Sunday. Clayton Thorson and Mike Glennon handled the quarterbacking duties for the Giants against the Jets last week so expect more of them once Jones’ day is done.
Baker Mayfield will rest on Sunday for Cleveland with Kyle Lauletta and Case Keenum splitting reps for the Browns.
I don’t anticipate the Giants activating Saquon Barkley until their final preseason game so Judge will more than likely give backups like Devontae Booker and Corey Clement more work.
With Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt most likely out with the rest of the starters, we’ll see more of Corey Taylor and D’Ernest Johnson get action for Cleveland.
Both Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney will more than likely sit out of this one, so we’ll get a heavy dose of David Sills V and Darius Slayton catching passes on Sunday.
With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry most likely sitting out, this is a chance for Donovan Peoples-Jones to increase his profile as a fantasy sleeper. Numerous Browns offensive skill players caught a pass last week including Davion Davis, who had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Evan Engram had a solid week of practice against the Browns but it is unknown whether or not he’ll make his preseason debut on Sunday. With Kyle Rudolph out, Kaden Smith and Tommy Stevens are the prime suspects to get their share of snaps for the G-Men.
For Cleveland, I wouldn’t anticipate seeing Austin Hooper or Harrison Bryant out there so this would be a job for David Njoku on Sunday.